Farming in focus at annual trosh and country fair
PUBLISHED: 16:29 15 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 15 September 2018
Archant Norfolk 2016
Vintage farming machinery, ploughing and threshing demonstrations, a bird of prey display, a fun dog show and a farmers market are just some of the attractions featured in Ingworth Trosh and Country Fair, which kicks off at midday.
Now in its 15th year, the event regularly attracts more than 1,000 people and raises up to £8,000 for churches at the neighbouring villages of Erpingham, Alby and Ingworth.
Farming contractor Alan Witham, whose ancestors were blacksmiths in Ingworth in the early 1800s, founded the event as a way of displaying his family’s collection of vintage farm machinery.
It has since gone from strength to strength, with more visitors, and exhibitors, turning out each year.
“It has just got bigger and bigger,” Mr Witham said. “But, this year, we decided to incorporate a country fair as we wanted to make it more interactive and give people a chance to come along and have a go at doing something they might never have had a chance to do.”
As well as programme of arena attractions including sheep shearing, a fun tug of war and a dog and duck show, this year’s event will feature 30 stalls selling locally produced food and drink, and crafts ranging from willow weaving to driftwood art.
“We have also got alpacas, two nurseries selling plants and garden ornaments and a shire horse demonstration, which is the icing on the cake for me as it is something I’ve been wanting to have since we first started,” Mr Witham added.
Members of Erpingham Dig archaeology project will also be on hand to chat to visitors about their work to educate people about the story of Sir Thomas Erpingham and his role in the Battle of Agincourt.
“Ingworth Trosh is a very special little show,” Mr Witham said. “It is all local, it’s an insight into country life and, no matter what they are doing, everyone who exibits there always takes time to chat to the people who come along.”
Ingworth Trosh and Country Fair takes places at High Noon Road, off the A140, on Sunday from midday. Entry is £5 (Under 12s free).
Anyone wanting to bring along farm machinery for display or demonstration can phone Mr Witham on 01263 761156.